Day 183: Box Turtle Gets the Mealworm Munchies

Snack time can present some interesting challenges when you live in an interspecies flock. For instance, one flock member might want waffles for his snack break. Another flock member might want blueberries – and lots of them. Yet another flock member might want mealworms, live and kicking. Here, since every flock member has very strongContinue reading “Day 183: Box Turtle Gets the Mealworm Munchies”

Day 156: Box Turtle Mind Meld

When you are a very cute rescued box turtle and you know you have your rescue mommy wrapped tightly around your adorable 3-toed feet, you don’t need to talk in words to get your point across. You can just use the time-honored “box turtle mind meld” to let her know exactly what you want….like toContinue reading “Day 156: Box Turtle Mind Meld”

Day 120: Box Turtle Brunch

Brunch traditions can look quite different depending on your species orientation. For example, let’s say you are a large featherless being. When you go out to brunch, you probably enjoy sitting in chairs, eating off china plates with shiny silver forks and knives, drinking your mimosas out of fluted glasses and your coffee out ofContinue reading “Day 120: Box Turtle Brunch”

Day 108: Scoping Salmon

As a shelled being with a keen gustatory appreciation, it is important to strike just the right ambience before you dine. For example, you can enjoy your meal a lot more if you stop first to verify there are no slavering predators hovering about around the periphery. Also, it is easier to relax and enjoyContinue reading “Day 108: Scoping Salmon”

Day 102: Hunting the Wild Earthworm

After a long day of climbing, swimming, basking, digging and burrowing, a box turtle can work up quite an appetite! And while your typical catered dinner is reliably delicious and always well-timed, there is no substitute for the thrill of the hunt. Plus, this is the best way to guarantee your prey will be super-freshContinue reading “Day 102: Hunting the Wild Earthworm”

Day 75: Marvelous Meaty Mealworms

Dinnertime in an interspecies flock can sure get interesting. There is your small loud feathery brother, who seems intent on repopulating the forest floor with his evening rice….not to mention anything else flingable he can purloin from his mommy’s dinner plate. Then there is your round and robust shelled sister who is always hungry andContinue reading “Day 75: Marvelous Meaty Mealworms”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Feeding

Bruce is a surprisingly picky eater! This has caused his mommy many, many stressful days and nights, worrying that he isn’t eating enough or enough variety to stay healthy and strong. It doesn’t help that, aside from the collection of water turtles we routinely rescued, cared for and released when I was a youngster, MaltiContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Feeding”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Protein

Figuring out what to feed a newly rescued box turtle is not a job for the faint of heart (or mind). When Bruce first joined our little flock in May 2015, I figured he would probably like whatever Malti liked. Boy was I wrong. To this day, Bruce has never deigned to even sniff Malti’sContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Protein”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Earthworms

Sometimes I feel like I literally couldn’t have chosen two more opposite shelled beings to welcome into our little flock. Where Malti is slow, Bruce is quick. Where Malti is always one nap away from her next nap, Bruce is up and raring to go before most roosters are awake. And where Malti prefers herContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Earthworms”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Edible Grasses

From time to time, I work with an animal communicator just to check in with each one of my interspecies flock members to make sure I’m doing a good job as their mama. Every time we have a session together, I always learn so much! Each flock member always has plenty to say and expressesContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Edible Grasses”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hand Feeding

Sometimes it feels like the only thing Bruce and Malti really have in common is that they are both shelled. Malti was raised in captivity from the time she was born. She is used to being hand-fed, to having her shell scratched, to getting bathed in her little red tub, to making herself at homeContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hand Feeding”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Blueberries

Both shelled members of our little flock love blueberries. Perhaps it is the shape – so round, so soft, such a satisfying mouth-feel. Or maybe it is the overall “hunt-ability” (a technical term) – whereas a mango chunk or lettuce leaf will just lay there helplessly, the blueberry can be a wiley roly-poly adversary indeed!Continue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Blueberries”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hunting

Having two shells from two different reptile species in our little family flock really brings up some interesting contrasts. Take dinnertime, for instance. Malti clearly prefers her dinner to stay still while she chows, and sometimes even sits down on top of it just to make sure. Bruce, on the other hand, has no problemContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hunting”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hunting

When you keep company with turtles and tortoises, you have plenty of opportunities to make new neural connections. This, of course, is because they are full of brain-enriching surprises. For instance, never in a million years would I have guessed how very different one shelled being can be from another – at least not untilContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hunting”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hibernation (Brumation)

Not all turtles and tortoises hibernate. Among the species that do, the technical term for what happens when a reptile (rather than a mammal) does this is called “brumation.” If you are a herpetologist (reptile expert), you will know to use the term “brumation” instead of “hibernation” when referring to a reptile’s traditional period ofContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hibernation (Brumation)”


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